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Research Group Leader positions in biomedical imaging and robotics (Ref.: GL_D) per a l'IBEC

IBEC is seeking outstanding, highly motivated candidates for new Group Leader position(s) in its Robotics and Biomedical Imaging programme.

The Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) is a cutting-edge research centre based in Barcelona. IBEC develops interdisciplinary research of excellence, from basic research to medical applications, in the biomedical engineering and nanomedicine fields.

IBEC was founded in 2005 by the Generalitat de Catalunya, the University of Barcelona and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech with the mission to develop international high quality interdisciplinary research that, while creating knowledge, contributes to making a better quality of life, improving health and creating wealth. IBEC aims to consolidate a strong international position in the field of Nanomedicine and Bioengineering, as well as to increase the portfolio of technology transfer services available to the industrial sector and to the healthcare system.

IBEC is located within the Barcelona Science Park, with premises of 2.500 square meters, 16 research groups and a team of researchers and support services of 250 people from 20 different countries. The location of IBEC in the Barcelona Science Park offers a highly stimulating biomedical environment in which the institute can work closely with organisations from the public and private sector.

IBEC focuses its activity on six research programmes currently hosting sixteen research

  • Cellular Biotechnology: Microbial biotechnology, health biotechnology, processes of production of biomolecules, neurobiotechnology, axonal regeneration, prion biology, regeneration of complex structures, biotechnology of cell reprogramming and directed differentiation of stem cells.
  • Biomechanics and cellular biophysics: Mechanical properties at the cellular andmolecular level, cellular biophysics.
  • Nanobiotechnology: Nanostructures and surface functionalization, hybrid nanostructures, microfluidics, biosensors, bio-chips, lab-on-a-chip, microarrays and biomimetic systems, nanoscale bioelectricity; nanophotonics, single molecule fluorescence techniques, and superresolution optical nanoscopy.
  • Biomaterials, implants and tissue engineering: Development of materials and structures for biocompatible replacement, tissue formation and technologies for repairing or replacing tissues and organs.
  • Medicals signals and instrumentation: Biomedical signal processing, control and monitoring systems for both treatment and prevention fields.
  • Robotics and biomedical imaging: Support systems for minimally invasive surgery and surgical assistance. Surgical robots. Nanorobotics. Computed assisted surgery. Advanced processing biomedical images (acquisition, reconstruction, analysis) at the level of organs, tissues and cells or biomolecules.

These six areas are crosslinked by three target-oriented ‘Flagships’ aimed at catalysing the synergistic combination of the research groups, to foster and take advantage of the institute’s multidisciplinarity to accelerate the development of new knowledge and technologies:
  • Nanomedicine: nanobiosensing; microfluidics; nanofabrication using soft lithographies and related techniques; beyond-AFM/ST microscopy tools to characterize biological samples (optical, mechanical, electrical behaviour) at the nanoscale; mechanobiology protocols and their translation to clinical purposes; nano-scale characterization of bacterial-host interactions.
  • Cell Engineering: biomaterials for regenerative medicine; reprogramming stem cells; control differentiation of stem cells; rapid prototyping for biomaterials; cell-material interaction, microencapsulation for antibacterials and other therapeutic agents.
  • Intelligent Healthcare: application of advanced information and communication technologies to healthcare, such as modelling; signaling processing; automatics/control software for robotics; imaging; robotics (mechanics) for minimally invasive surgery.
 Expected research focuses could include (but are not limited to) support systems for minimally invasive surgery and surgical assistance; surgical robots; nanorobotics; computed assisted surgery; or advanced processing biomedical images (acquisition, reconstruction, analysis) at the level of organs, tissues and cells or biomolecules.

Applicants will be expected to develop an independent research group within the Biomedical imaging and robotics programme and contribute to one or more of IBEC’s multidisciplinary Flagships.

IBEC’s Group Leaders are appointed for an initial 5-year period, with the possibility to extend their appointment after scientific evaluation by the International Scientific Committee (ISC) every 4 years. The ISC is composed of renowned international scientists from different bioengineering fields as well as prestigious professionals in key areas such as technology transfer.

Group Leaders are also offered a competitive start-up package and provided with suitable laboratory space, access to IBEC’s cutting-edge facilities and project management support.

To qualify for a Group Leader position, candidates should hold a PhD/MD degree and a proven record of achievements in their research field. Applicants who currently lead their own group in a University or other research organisation are welcome to apply.

Desirable competencies and skills are: Leadership; international reputation; critical judgment in the identification and execution of research activities; strategic vision on the future of the research field; proven record in securing significant research funding / budgets / resources; team building and collaboration; excellent communication and networking skills.

Applicants should provide the following:
  • Cover letter together with a description of scientific achievements (max. 1 page);
  • Brief outline of research interests and a short research plan for the initial 5 year appointment period (max. 4 pages);
  • CV;
  • List of publications (with 5 most significant publications in bold);
  • Contact details of three referees.
Applications should be submitted by e-mail to no later than
31st December 2013.


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